Visiting the GE Store in Winter Means New Power in Tunisia by Summer
It’s only February, but people in Gabès, Tunisia – a coastal city on the Mediterranean Sea – are already working hard to prepare for this summer’s tourist season. This is especially true for the GE team working on a seven-month, fast-track basis to install 250MW of new power capacity to meet peak summer demand.
During this lightning-fast delivery period, GE will deliver this turnkey project, which includes the commissioning two new 9E.03 gas turbines, which together are large enough to meet the power consumption needs of more than 1.2 million Tunisian homes.
While existing infrastructure and close teamwork are playing a part in this record delivery, it is only the ability to tap the resources of the GE Store that is ensuring the project can meet such an aggressive timeline.
The GE Store is the company’s way of making it easy for any GE business or project team to draw on the tremendous technology, research and knowledge available across the company, and to combine those elements it needs to deliver an enhanced solution to customers.
In this case, “our ability to combine great ideas and technologies across GE businesses, makes projects like this possible, says Joe Mastrangelo, President and CEO of Gas Power Systems at GE Power. By pulling together gas power systems, power services and grid solutions, along with former Alstom products and expertise, the project team is able to “quickly deliver the reliable power Tunisia requires to meet increasing demand,” he added.
The turnkey project at the Bouchemma plant also includes generators, the control system, and the electrical balance of plant, which includes electrical power transformers, the switchyard and associated equipment. In addition, GE will provide a two-year contractual services agreement (CSA) as part of the turnkey project, followed by an additional 10-year CSA.
The new generating capacity is located at the site of an existing power plant near Gabès that has used GE 9E gas turbine technology since the 1990s. By situating the new turbines at an existing plant, the project is able to tap gas and electric substation connections that are already in place, thereby speeding connection to the network.
The plant is being developed for the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz, or STEG), which is responsible for producing, transmitting and distributing electricity and natural gas throughout Tunisia.
GE has supported Tunisia’s efforts to develop its energy infrastructure for nearly two decades, including serving as the original equipment supplier for the Bir M’Cherga power plant, which began operating in 1998. GE has 15 turbines at seven plants in Tunisia, representing a total installed capacity of more than 1.8 gigawatts of electricity.